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Access to health care divided by income inequality

A new report outlines just how dramatically lower incomes correlate to people having less access to insurance and even basic health care. The data comes from the first Commonwealth Fund Tracking Survey of U.S. Adults. Among the survey’s findings:

  •  57% of people in low-income families (earnings of less than $29,726 for a family of four) were uninsured for some time in the past year; 35% had been uninsured for two years or more
  • 36% of adults in moderate-income families (earnings between $29,726 and $55,875 for a family of four) were uninsured during the year, and 18% had been uninsured for two years or more
  • 12% of adults in families with earnings at or above $89,400 for a family of four were uninsured during the year, and only 3% were uninsured for two years or more.

Not surprisingly, lower income respondents were also less likely to report that they had a regular health care provider or that they had received common preventive care and screenings such as mammograms.

According to the report’s authors, while the current health care reform efforts such as The Affordable Care Act will help narrow the access divide, it won’t solve the problem.

To see the full report, visit The Commonwealth Fund.


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